Officer in court for accepting bribery

The National,Monday June 20th, 2016

A reserve police officer will appear before in the Waigani Committal Court next month charged with accepting bribery and wilfully permitting a man to escape custody.
Magistrate Comas Bidar outlined the charges to Thomas Yokou, 56, from Bewani in West Sepik, when he appeared for mention before the court on Thursday.
Yokou allegedly allowed suspect Kaupa Muka to escape from custody at the Boroko police station cell on Jan 14. Bidar said there was no information on whether the files were completed by the prosecutor’s office and served to the accused.
According to police reports, it was alleged that the accused, who was attached as a reserve police officer at Hohola police station, arrested and charged Muka, an employee of PNG Customs, for allegedly assaulting his  wife, an elementary teacher in NCD.
The report said Muka was sent to Boroko police cell for detention but the accused allegedly received K350 from Kaupa and allowed him to escape from  custody.
Kaupa’s wife went to Boroko cell to check her husband and he was not there so she reported the matter to Hohola police, who did a follow-up that resulted in Yokou being arrested.